Checkup Newsroom (DocSmitty)

2019
July
18,
2019
| 06:12 PM America/Chicago
Believe it or not, summer’s almost over and the new school year will begin before you know it. Are you ready? Or are you like a certain dad I know who usually waits until the last minute? Last year, this dad forgot: To book his child's ph...
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June
04,
2019
| 07:32 PM America/Chicago
I’ve written a lot about fevers in hopes of calming parents’ fears. But when it comes to newborns, forget everything I’ve always taught you about fever. If an infant has a fever, it is a sign something is wrong and a serious cause for concern I...
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May
16,
2019
| 04:39 PM America/Chicago
Although she wouldn’t call herself “100% anti-vax” at the time, Amanda Carroll declined to give her first-born son his hepatitis B vaccine at birth. With the next group of shots scheduled at his 2-month checkup, Amanda and her husband weren’t so s...
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May
14,
2019
| 10:55 PM America/Chicago
So, your baby is 1 year old and everything is changing …They are starting to take a few steps and babbling a ton (maybe even saying a word or two). Just when you thought you had this all figured out, everything changes. They were doing great, brea...
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May
10,
2019
| 08:46 PM America/Chicago
Out of 25 counties in the U.S. with the highest risk for a measles outbreak, Tarrant County ranks number 12 according to research published in the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases. To identify the hot spots, researchers from the Un...
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April
29,
2019
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
Popular rocking sleepers have been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons.  Last week, Kids2 recalled all of its rocking sleeping models after reports that say five children have died in its sleeper since they were introduced in March 20...
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March
07,
2019
| 10:12 PM America/Chicago
“It’s just a virus.” I hate that phrase and I know it never gives parents comfort when they hear it from doctors. Doctors (I’ll admit I’ve said it too) usually say “it’s just a virus” to let parents know we don’t see anything that suggests a ba...
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March
01,
2019
| 03:42 PM America/Chicago
Have you heard about the Momo Challenge? Probably by now you have. But if you haven't, there's a good chance your kids have. It's the latest viral sensation freaking everyone out. But should you be concerned? And is it even real? Here are a few of...
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January
24,
2019
| 09:03 PM America/Chicago
Bah-bah. Binky. Button. Nip-nip. Num. Paci. Sassy. Soothie. Wubbanub. Whatever you call it, parents have lots of questions about pacifier use. Let’s look at some of the most common: 1. When is it OK to start a pacifier? A pacifier can be ...
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January
14,
2019
| 05:40 PM America/Chicago
"Never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow." And yes folks, that means Q-tips. Look at what our medical director of Emergency Services has to say: “Q-tips and cotton-tip swabs cause numerous ER injuries we see at Cook Children’s,” ...
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January
08,
2019
| 08:15 PM America/Chicago
Raise your hand if your kid has a runny nose right now. Ok, EVERYONE can put your hands down now. But, does your child have a cold or allergies? After all, the mountain cedar pollen count is the highest it's been all season in North Texas and i...
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2018
December
17,
2018
| 11:28 PM America/Chicago
“My baby spits up all the time.” “My baby never spits up, but seems like they are fussy all the time." I know this sounds like reflux, but the truth is spitting up can be normal. Even if it’s with every feed, even if it seems really bad. May...
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December
13,
2018
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
It should be the most wonderful time of the year, but you don’t want to spend it in the emergency room. New decorations and experiences can cause accidents and pose a danger for your child. Here are 12 day-ngers of Christmas: Fireplace - Ligh...
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November
16,
2018
| 09:20 PM America/Chicago
Texas Health and Human Services has sent out an urgent message warning parents about the risks of giving honey to children 12 months old and younger. "Infants (children less than 12 months of age) should not be given honey, or pacifiers containing...
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November
07,
2018
| 05:10 PM America/Chicago
Are you looking for the miracle cure for your baby’s congestion? Me too. Sorry, it just doesn’t exist. I tell families all the time that if I find it I will market it and retire. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help. 1. Suct...
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October
26,
2018
| 04:55 PM America/Chicago
“So, you’re saying my child has strep booty?” “Well, umm, uhhh, ummm, yeah I guess that is what I’m saying….And, now that I think about it, I will definitely be calling it that for the rest of my career.” Group A beta-hemolytic stroptoccal phar...
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October
24,
2018
| 09:26 PM America/Chicago
Tragically, 7 children have died as a result of a rapidly spreading, severe infection in a New Jersey rehabilitation center. The infections have been caused by a virus called adenovirus which is a common childhood infection. Three children tested pos...
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August
23,
2018
| 09:36 PM America/Chicago
A recent recall of 32 different children's medicines has some parents combing through their cabinets. The products, marketed and sold by King Bio online and in local health food stores, have been recalled due to “microbial contamination.” Accor...
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August
02,
2018
| 04:45 PM America/Chicago
We live in a sharing society, but we don’t share all things equally. We’re likely to share a cute video of our children blowing out their birthday candles or a picture of our kids in their baseball uniforms. There are plenty of things that pare...
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July
26,
2018
| 09:27 PM America/Chicago
Families asking questions about going gluten free are a more frequent occurrence in my office lately. So, are gluten free foods better for your child? The answer is… Complicated. It depends on your child. Gluten is a protein found in whea...
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July
03,
2018
| 05:48 PM America/Chicago
Want an excuse not to go out in the brutal Texas heat? Chiggers. Earlier this week, NBC5 reported chiggers in North Texas is the worst in 30 years. So what does this mean for your kids? The truth is mainly annoyance. Let’s take a look at ...
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May
09,
2018
| 09:09 PM America/Chicago
On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed EpiPen, a lower-dose version EpiPen Jr. and Mylan’s generic versions of the products on its list of drugs in shortage. The FDA said the products were currently available, but that ...
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April
30,
2018
| 05:52 PM America/Chicago
Did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) actually has an official stance encouraging pediatricians to talk with their families about the importance of daily, out-loud reading to your children (Literacy Promotion: An Essential Component o...
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April
27,
2018
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
It’s a classic bit of advice when you child is running fever: Alternate Tylenol and Motrin around the clock to keep their fever down. But, does it help? Is it necessary? I personally don’t think so…and here are 4 reasons why: 1. I don’t trea...
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March
19,
2018
| 04:37 PM America/Chicago
Kids itch their bottoms. On a recent interview with the Joel McHale Show, Kristen Bell described an episode in her family that highlights one common cause: pinworms. If you haven’t seen the video, I highly recommend you watch it because, it’s a...
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March
07,
2018
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a letter warning parents and cheerleaders from 39 states and nine counties that they may have been exposed to mumps at a cheerleading competition last month in Dallas.  The Dallas Morning Ne...
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February
21,
2018
| 08:01 PM America/Chicago
Did you hear early in the season how the flu vaccine was worthless and only going to have about 10 percent effectiveness? You probably did, but hopefully that didn't prevent you from getting your child's flu vaccine. New data from the CDC sugge...
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February
20,
2018
| 09:57 PM America/Chicago
As if there weren’t enough choices for formula in the newborn period…now we have to decide if our toddler needs formula too? Most pediatricians recommend breastfeeding as the primary source of fluid intake for up to one year of age (even longer is...
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February
08,
2018
| 06:10 PM America/Chicago
Are you panicked about the flu? How do you know if your kid is getting worse? What about all these kids getting really sick, even dying? Here's what I've been saying all day, every day in my office this week. 1. Healthy kids who get sick from t...
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February
06,
2018
| 04:47 PM America/Chicago
If you aren’t crazy about Tamiflu, I get it. Except for in specific cases, I’m not either. But I’ve been asked about some other treatment options. Do they work? Are they safe? When it comes to “alternative” medications, I try to keep an open mi...
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